ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan said Wednesday that he had the given mandate to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to probe the exorbitant cost incurred on the road construction projects undertaken by the government of Pakistan Muslim League-N.

While addressing at the up gradation of Balochistan’s Jhaljao-Bela Road at an event held here at the PM House, the prime minister said investigation would reveal how a corrupt government looted the public exchequer by carrying out projects at a “much higher cost”.

Imran Khan said the PML-N extorted Rs 200 million per kilometer on construction of every four-lane road, the information about which was available on the websites. He termed corruption the biggest problem of the country, where a handful of people in power misused the public money.

“A corrupt government through misappropriation of funds and theft of tax money always leads to the loss and damage of a nation,” he said, adding that the plundered money could have been used for further communication projects, particularly in Balochistan.